This cheesecake, which is so easy and so amazing, is from a fabulous Glamour staffer. It's made with just a handful of simple ingredients, and then here's the kicker: You put it in a loaf pan and freeze it! Just slice and serve the next day. Genius, right? And, no, I cannot divulge the recipe just yet (it's part of my top-secret project). So, will you forgive me for taunting you with these photos?



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I woke up with a wretched cold today, which, after my healthy-eating and hand-washing regimen, makes me feel sort of like a … failure. Ah, well. We all get sick. I couldn’t let the cold get me down because I had a lot of work to do over the weekend. Writing, yes, and a big (and top secret) project for Glamour, which I hope to be able to tell you more about in the weeks/months ahead. I’ll just say that this, er, top-secret project had me doing lots of cooking. And, as fate would have it, one of the items on my list was to make a divine batch of feel-better chicken soup! I also made a swoon-worthy plum cobbler that I wish you could try right now (you’d need a fainting couch–it’s that good). Because the recipes are under wraps, I’ll just share a few photos of my cooking extravaganza, how about that?



I've been married for 8 years, and I think one of the things my husband and I got right when we registered for gifts was choosing white dishes. I remember stressing out about which color to choose (those were the good old days--stressed out by a wedding registry!) and being wooed by the bright reds, yellows and blue-and-white stripes. I'm so glad I stuck with white! Inspired by a photo in Martha Stewart Living years and years ago (OK, so I sort of love the woman), I decided that my kitchen would be all-white. Yes, I mix in some color here and there, but I love looking into my cabinets and seeing clean, white dishes stacked high. And, whenever I'm doing a dinner, everything always matches. (P.S. Yes, we have our fair share of ugly mugs in varying colors, which I hide away in a cabinet that can't be seen!)



Years from now, I want to remember this moment--morning snack time with Carson, my 2 year old--because it won't be long before he's too old/too big/too busy/too cool to sit down and have a a little quiet time and a snack with his mama (sniffle, sniffle). So, here's proof that we have a standing 10 a.m. date with two little plates of yummies. Me: Crusty bread with sunflower butter and apple slices (which, also happens to be one of my favorite breakfasts). Him: Bread and edamame hummus (his all-time favorite).



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It is a beautiful fall day in Seattle today, so the boys and I put our boots on and went for a fall walk–in our yard! I grabbed my new camera (yippee!) and experimented with some photos. I have to say, this is my favorite time of the year in my yard. Yes, the plants are starting to look a little raggedy, like the dahlia above, but the colors are so intense. I can’t get enough of them! Want to take a little tour?

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We made these tasty (and quasi-healthy!) cookies today. Loved them! I'm too tired (big yawn!) to post the recipe, but you can find it on my Glamour.com blog, here. Only one thing: I added cinnamon, used wheat germ instead of flax (didn't have any) and grated the apples. Oh, I added chocolate chips, too. OK, so yes, I basically changed everything. P.S. They were really good.



Such sad news that Gourmet (and Cookie!) are closing. Boo hoo. Huge blow to the magazine industry. I've written for Gourmet in years past. In fact, some of my earliest national magazine assignments were a series of food trend stories for Gourmet, and I was so proud of them that I chose two to frame and hang in my kitchen. Great kitchen art, right?